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Green Development

Green Development Contacts

Robert Karesh
Division of Water Resources
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Office: 615-532-5402

For application submittal and associated questions:

Jennifer Watson
Tennessee Stormwater Association
Office: 615-926-7094

Since 2008, the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) have partnered together with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) to offer a Green Development Grant program that was developed as an effort to encourage the advancement of green infrastructure projects across the state.

Green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water. More technically, green infrastructure refers to the use of systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes to infiltrate, re-use stormwater runoff generated at the site, or evapotranspirate. Green infrastructure can be used in a wide range of landscape applications in place of, or in addition to, more traditional stormwater control measures.

August 11, 2014-Announcement: Opening of the 2014 Green Development Grant Cycle

We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2014 Green Development Grant cycle. Local governments in Tennessee are invited to submit proposals for grant funding to assist in implementing green infrastructure or low impact development projects. A total of $103,080 in grant funds will be available for allocation this year.

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to local governments through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. The grants require a 20 percent local match.

Applications for the 2014 Green Development Grants are due by October 15, 2014, and grant awards will be announced by December 31, 2014. Grant applications will be reviewed and ranked by a team comprised of representatives from each of the partner agencies.

Previous Green Development Projects

Helpful Links

Tennessee Stormwater Association

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Case Studies and Resources

Low Impact Development

Green Infrastructure

SE Tennessee Development District Green Infrastructure Handbook

American Rivers: Green Infrastructure

U.S. Water Alliance

Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide